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Hampton Lumber Reviews

Updated May 13, 2017
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  1. "Family business in a global market"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Millwright in Warrenton, OR
    Current Employee - Millwright in Warrenton, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Hampton Lumber full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Working environment tends to be fast paced

    Cons

    Co-workers have a very juvenile attitude and work ethic when it comes to completing tasks on time.

    Advice to Management

    Demand personal accountability for every employee.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Employee"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Hampton Lumber full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Unfortunately, there are not a lot of pro's. The company does provide lunches often. One departments leader things providing a lunch once in a while is good enough, cheaper than having to give a decent raise or bonus. Wait, according to the leader of that department bonuses are not offered at Hampton, wink, wink.

    Cons

    If you want to work for an unethical organization that only caters to a very select few, this is the company for you. The slogan "a better way everyday" is nothing but talk. This company is still operating in the 19th century and while they promote the concept of change, where things really need to be changed they ignore.

    If you are a Lumber Trader you are set. If you are a sales assistant, no matter how many times or how bad you mess something up costing the company money, you will no be held accountable but rewarded with pay raised and bonuses. Some members of senior management indicate there is no bonus program and actually believe this is the case, these individuals are out of touch and don't belong in the positions they are currently assigned.

    A managers who is oblivious to everything around him was recently promoted to VP. It is now obvious Hampton Senior Management is as oblivious as the individual recently promoted or he would have never been rewarded with this title.

    Lots of people leaving Hampton these days this is just the beginning. The flood is minimal today, not for long though. The job market is strong in Portland, many people are looking so don't be surprised Hampton, its going to happen like it or not and there is nothing you can do about it.

    Look at the rail department, wow, what a revolving door over there. Why is this? Ask the oblivious group leader who was recently promoted, he doesn't know why. What a joke.

    Advice to Management

    Educate management on HIPPA laws as talking openly and in the general population of the office work place is against the law. Sharing with others openly about someones medical procedures being performed is against the law.

    Stop announcing in meeting we need to work harder to make more money for the lumber traders. This statement has been made by the CEO, the former President of Hampton as well as the current President. It's not all about the traders. Other departments are necessary to support the success of Hampton, its not all about the traders.

  3. "Sales Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Sales in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Sales in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Hampton Lumber full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good place when you have a family

    Cons

    Politics, politics and more politics

    Advice to Management

    run the business with a strategy


  4. "Credit Clerk"

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    Current Employee - Credit Clerk in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Credit Clerk in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Hampton Lumber part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Very nice employees, very relaxed atmosphere, all co-workers were very supportive, welcoming and friendly. Flexibility, transparency and support were all very good during my time as a temp.

    Cons

    I sometimes ran out of work today was just a part time employee so it was understandable.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!


  5. "Great people for most part but does not promote women"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR

    Pros

    They have some nice people and family like atmosphere. Good benefits.

    Cons

    They don't promote women and lie and tell you if you work hard someday you'll get a promotion and then when it comes time for a promotion they hire some new 20 something male that the women have to train. Lots of drama and constant gossiping about who wears what and judgmental groups and management seems to feed it. Low wages for work and they are not good about evaluating salaries.

    Advice to Management

    Promote the people who are smart and work hard.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Beware - Toxic Workplace"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    You have an income and some Medical/Dental benefits.

    Cons

    The HLS website states "Hampton believes that our employees are our most important resource." This is just lip service. The HR Dept. is a revolving door of unresolved employee issues. There is zero oversight to confirm issues are properly addressed. This indicates a Management Glue Club has formed as evidenced by poor cooperation and increased employee turnover. The HLS website states "The company is committed to the use and development of all its resources - to be the best in the industry." Dysfunctional and immature Managers that feed off gossip and brown nosing promote subpar performers. Promotions have no real connection to who is actually hard working, efficient and getting things done daily.Executive Management admitted they have promoted people that do not know how to supervise and relate to others and this is a learning process from growing pains. However, this too, continues - hence the lip service. Salary increases don't match or keep up with inflation or the cost of living. You will not be treated as an individual on your own performance and merit. Reviews are done but there is no correlation between exceptional performance and reward monetarily or in genuine appreciation. The market conditions and what other companies give are the exhausted responses from HLS.Yet Hampton wants to be the best in the industry, but does not retain the best possible employees.You give 100 percent and receive nothing OR next to nothing in return. There are different levels of accountability and expectations as evidenced by uneven workload distributions. This is a due to Management double standards and favoritism. Poor performers are embraced, babysat, and shown sympathy even though they crumble under pressure and eternally cost the company money. If you ever question anything you are labeled as a problem. If your core values won't allow you to lower your standards and settle for less than you deserve on many levels this is not the workplace for you.

    Advice to Management

    Respect and value all people you hire. Exalting some and ignoring others is evident. Your actions speak louder than words.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "'If my job was any easier a woman could do it'...."

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    Former Employee - Support Staff in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Support Staff in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good co-workers for the most part. Within the department anyway... a little catty at times.

    Cons

    Traders on the other hand are misogynistic and condescending. If they really want to hire younger people into this company they are going to have to change. Not only do they treat women like crap but they will not promote you unless you are a young male. This is the 21st century, get with it.
    I once heard a senior trader say, 'If my job was any easier, a woman could do it.' he was slightly reprimanded for it, only because someone complained. Now he just says, 'if my job was any easier, my grandson (who is 2 yrs old) could do it'.

    Advice to Management

    Hire women and stop belittling your employees. Promote growth and don't hold people back who want to learn.

  8. Helpful (5)

    "Would not go back..."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Hampton Lumber full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great peers. Team is often supportive and accomodating.

    Cons

    MANAGEMENT. Does not support you. Often belittles. NOT encouraging.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the employees - the ones actually doing the work. Find out what THEY value and require and need to MOTIVATE them to be more successful.


  9. Helpful (6)

    "Not a place you'd want to work...."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Hampton Lumber full-time

    Pros

    Health benefits aren't half bad....

    Cons

    Like the other reviewer stated, you're just a number. Don't expect them to see you as an individual. You're just a pawn to help them make money. Because as they put it. "The Hampton family is growing and there are more more mouths to feed".
    There is a major lack of professionalism among management and traders. Sexist, derogatory, chauvinistic, and crude jokes are the norm. And never expect your boss to keep anything confidential.
    Their support staff is extremely under paid and unappreciated. With the amount the traders rake in,you would think they could pay their support staff more, or at least so some gratitude.
    Members of management can do no wrong at Hampton. They can be extremely verbally abusive. It is impossible to please them. Expectations are as clear as mud. And the level of double standards between the 'help' and management are out of control.
    And let me tell you, no amount of Dan Miller is going to change any of that.
    There is continuous hand holding between support staff and traders. The majority of them probably can't even enter an order in the system.
    Needless to say, this place isn't all rainbows and unicorns. While employees by this establishment, I was constantly lied to, verbally abused, belittled, and embarrassed publicly I front of my peers.
    Do yourself a huge favor and save yourself the trouble.

    Advice to Management

    I have no words. See the cons section.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Just a number"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice building, nice people to work with.

    Cons

    Low pay for lots of work. Benefits cost more each year and pay for less.

    Advice to Management

    Less free lunches and more bonuses.


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